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Front Pagearrow No poll in next 18 months
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) will not think about holding any elections either to parliament or local government bodies in next one and
 arrow No hearing on bail prayers in 10 days
Hearings on the bail petitions of cases filed under various acts were not held in Dhaka courts in the last 10 days following a second amendment to the emergency power rules curbing bail right.
 arrow How can national interest be served best?
Now that Chief of Army Staff (CAS) Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed has decided to go public on political issues, he must be ready, willing and open to public debate on them including criticism of his views, if any.
 arrow Elections only after necessary reforms
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday told US Assistant Secretary Richard Boucher that for a credible election it is necessary to have the electoral reforms, including the anti-corruption drive toeliminate
 arrow Finding words to a pulverised mouth
Little Durjoy can now say 'amma' (mother).
 arrow Poll reform proposals
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday formally unveiled a set of proposals for electoral reforms that include making public the statements to be submitted by the parliamentary election candidates.
 arrow ACC to launch probe against 34 suspects
Despite having various administrative limitations, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is going to start enquiry against 34 more high profile corruption suspects including BNP Senior Joint SecretaryGeneral
 arrow Courtroom for ACC...


 arrow 3 NCBs asked to end process by May
The Ministry of Finance yesterday instructed three nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) -- Sonali, Janata and Agrani -- to complete all formalities to corporatise by May 31, 2007.
 arrow Mirza contradicts WB idea of curtailing credit
Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the view of the World Bank (WB) that reducing banks' credit will help rein in potential inflationary pressure is not right.
 arrow Proceedings of extortion case adjourned till April 17
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the proceedings of the Tk 1 crore extortion case against BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman till April 17, following a time petition by the defence lawyers.
 arrow Mamun confesses involvement in Tk 1.3cr extortion
Giasuddin Al Mamun, close friend and business partner of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, yesterday confessed his involvement in the extortion of Tk 1.32 crore.
 arrow ACC sues Harris Chy, Mamun
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, and controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun following two casesfiled
 arrow Gen Moeen asks officials to stay above greed
Army chief of staff Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday asked the officials to stay above greed and share happiness and sadness with the common people.
 arrow Rab captures 7 militants
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel arrested seven members of a newly discovered "militant" organisation named Hijbe Abu Omar (HAO) after raiding different places in and outside the capital since March
 arrow Rare marine fish caught in Cox's Bazar
A very rare species of fish, captured from 60 to 80 feet deep sea water around 50-70 km southwest of the St Martin's Islands on April 2, is now kept at the museum of under-construction Panowa Bay Park
 arrow Convicted killer of Ahsanullah Master held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested Hafiz alias 'Kana' Hafiz, who was sentenced to death in Awami League (AL) leader Ahsanullah Master killing case, in the city's Khilgaon area yesterday.
 arrow 600 chickens culled in Noakhali
Khagrachhari district administration fearing bird flu infection imposed a ban on the transportation of chickens, eggs and poultry feeds from bird flu-infected areas yesterday while Noakhali district administration
 arrow Shops allowed to be open 7 days a week
Shop owners across the country now can keep their shops open all the seven days of the week to recoup losses being incurred following the government decision on closure in the evening to save electricity.
 arrow Nasim's wife granted 4-week anticipatory bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for four weeks to Laila Arjumand Banu, wife of former home minister Mohammad Nasim, in a corruption case.
 arrow Munda community losing homesteads
The Munda community in Kashipur of Shyamnagar upazila in Satkhira sent copies a letter to the Anti-corruption Commission, intelligence agencies and joint forces asking for their help in preventing influential
 arrow Jubo League leader held
Joint forces detained Dhaka city unit (north) Jobo League president Abul Bashar raiding his Banani home yesterday.
 arrow BB alone to release FDI figures from now on
The figures on foreign direct investment (FDI) will be published solely by the central bank from now on to put an end to the dispute over figures released by both Bangladesh Bank (BB) and Board of Investment
 arrow 4 CU teachers, journo receive death threat
Four Chittagong University (CU) teachers and a local journalist have received letters with death threat by an Islamist outfit claiming to be Bangladesh Islami Biplobi Command Council.
 arrow Cup takes a break
After Sri Lanka's exciting two-run win over England in St John's, a two-day break begins today at the World Cup.
 arrow Abducted N'ganj industrialist murdered
Police yesterday recovered the body of Golam Kibria, abducted industrialist and vice president of BNP Tarabo, Rupganj unit. The body was found at Aambag in Sonargaon at around 11:00am.
 arrow Extortion case filed against Tarique's APS
A schoolteacher yesterday filed a cheating and extortion case against BNP Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman's Assistant Private Secretary Sajjadur Rahman Knight and his brother ABN Sweet with Bogra
 arrow 10 British, US troops killed in Iraq attacks
Six American and four British soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Iraq, coalition forces announced yesterday, as Britain prepared to transfer security of another province to local troops.
Businessarrow Remittance grows 25.52pc in Jul-Mar
The remittance inflow witnessed a robust 25.52 percent boost during the July-March period this fiscal (2006-07).
 arrow Govt to take steps to remove hurdles to software export
As the nine-day annual computer fair of BCS Computer City began in Dhaka yesterday, Science and ICT Adviser Tapan Chowdhury said the government will take all necessary steps to remove hurdles to software
 arrow Asean plus three proposes for pooling reserves
Senior finance and central bank officials of the Asean Plus Three (10+3) at a meeting in Thailand have agreed member countries to pool their reserves into a regional fund to curb currency fluctuation,
 arrow China tries to slow economy with bank reserve hike
China's central bank on Thursday ordered major commercial banks to set aside more money in reserves in an effort to slow its economy, the third such cooling measure of 2007.
 arrow US firm keen to set up jute-based particle board factory
A visiting investment team from USA-based company, Ecorntech Inc., yesterday expressed its interest to invest in a jute-based particle board manufacturing facility here.
 arrow India asks Pakistan to waive transit fee for Iran pipeline
India has asked Pakistan to waive the USD 200 million a year transit fee it is expecting for allowing passage of a pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran.
 arrow GSP Finance declares 27pc cash dividend
GSP Finance Company (Bangladesh) Ltd, a joint venture financial institution between Hong Kong, Thailand, Vanuatu and Bangladesh, has declared a 27 percent cash dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow ROK set to start free trade talks with EU
South Korea will soon start talks with the European Union for a similar free trade agreement that it recently struck with the United States, top officials said here Wednesday.
 arrow Eskayef donates equipment to DU pharmacy faculty
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical company in the country, has donated a sophisticated ultraviolet spectrophotometer to the Faculty of Pharmacy of Dhaka University for research purposes,
 arrow Oil prices down in Asian trade
Oil prices declined in Asian trade Thursday after Iran decided to free 15 British sailors it held captive, easing fears the diplomatic row could escalate and disrupt crude supplies, dealers said.
 arrow WTO members voice 'frustration' ahead of G4 Delhi meet
World Trade Organisation members have voiced frustration at the slow pace of negotiations ahead of a ministerial meeting of key players in New Delhi next week, sources close to the talks said Thursday.
 arrow East Asian economy faces new risks: WB
China and other East Asian economies could see growth derailed if they fail to boost investment and cope with widening wealth gaps and pollution a decade after the 1997 financial crisis, the World Bank
 arrow Mercantile Bank's new DMD
MA Shahjahan has recently been made deputy managing director of Mercantile Bank Ltd, says a press release. Prior to this appointment, he was senior executive vice president of the bank.
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: Lanka's last-ball win
Dilhara Fernando took a wicket with the last ball of the match to seal a dramatic two-run win for Sri Lanka against England in their World Cup Super Eights clash at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore didn't say it
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore declined comment on Wednesday on the possibility he may be asked to take over as India coach following the resignation of Greg Chappell.
 arrow Cricket: Dav seeks progress
Coach Dav Whatmore has said Bangla-desh are keen to avoid a bottom-placed finish in the World Cup Super Eights as they gear up to meet top-ranked South Africa here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: GP, Nimbus to re-bid
Only two organisations -- Nimbus and Grameenphone -- submitted their bids yesterday for the Title Sponsorship and In-Stadia Advertising Rights for Bangladesh's coming home series against India next month.
 arrow Cricket: BCB slams the coach
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) criticised national coach Dav Whatmore after he expressed his interest in succeeding Greg Chappell as India coach.
 arrow Cricket: Reza flies out to replace Baisya
Bangladesh pace bowler Tapash Baisya has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering an ankle injury while bowling in the World Cup Super Eights match against Australia in Antigua on March 31.
 arrow Cricket: BCB's clarification
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday sent a clarification on an article under the title 'A questionable deal' which appeared in The Daily Star's sports pages the same day.
 arrow Cricket: Players drove coach out?
Greg Chappell chose to walk out than be shown the door after it became increasingly evident that India's cricket chiefs would not extend his tenure as coach.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan eyes semis spot
England captain Michael Vaughan insists his team can still reach the World Cup semifinals despite an agonising two-run defeat against Sri Lanka and a looming Sunday showdown with old rivals, and defending
 arrow Cricket: Acting coach on cards
The extreme developments of the last couple of days have prompted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take no chances with the high-powered meetings set to take place in Mumbai on April
 arrow Local Snippets
GM Ziaur Rahman's win over defending champion IM Enamul Hossain gave him the solo lead in the 33rd National Chess Championship at the National Sports Council hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Slick Roma outdo United
Paul Scholes was sent off in the first half as Manchester United lost 2-1 to Roma in a highly-charged Champions League quarterfinal, first leg here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: A cricket missionary evoked
The late Pakis-tan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was remembered Wednesday at a memorial service in his adopted South African homeland as a passionate man who lived and died for the sport he loved.
 arrow Cricket: 'Bob's death forces Greg'
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer's murder at the World Cup may have hastened Greg Chappell's decision to quit as India's coach, elder brother Ian Chappell said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket losing out to NBA
Thirty years ago, they would have taken their place on the conveyor belt, the raw materials for the all-conquering West Indies cricket machine.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam for one captain
Inzamamul Haq, who has stepped down as captain after Pakistan's humiliating exit from the World Cup, on Thursday suggested to have one captain for both the Test and one-day sides for practical reasons.
 arrow Cricket: Imran to sue Sarfraz
Fed up with Sarfraz Nawaz making "defaming" allegations time and again, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan on Thursday promised to take legal action against the ex-teammate and ask him to prove his unsubstantiated
 arrow Cricket: Mahela sick of tight matches
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said he wasn't sure how many more tight finishes he could take at this World Cup after his side's nerve-jangling two-run win against England in the Super Eights.
 arrow Cricket: Hopes on standby
Australian all-rounder James Hopes said Thursday that replacing the injured Shane Watson in a World Cup semifinal would be daunting but that he would relish the challenge.
 arrow Football: Valencia gain the edge
Didier Drogba kept Chelsea's Champions League challenge alive with a second half equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Valencia on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: United accuse Italian police
Manchester United chiefs accused Italian police of a "severe over-reaction" after they baton-charged supporters of the Premiership club during their Champions League defeat at Roma.
 arrow Football: Jose remains confident
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea are still on course to reach the Champions League semifinals despite failing to build an advantage ahead of their testing trip to Valencia.
 arrow Football: Fergie thankful to Rooney
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney's first Champions League goal for two-and-a-half years has left Manchester United in a strong position to reach the semifinals.
 arrow Football: Berlusconi stands by Dida
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has leapt to the defence of the club's under-fire Brazilian keeper Nelson Dida.
 arrow Football: Barca still pursuing Henry
Barcelona and several other major European clubs are interested in signing Arsenal captain Thierry Henry, the Spanish sports daily El Mundo Deportivo reported here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Long layoff for Sagnol
Bayern Munich defender Willy Sagnol will be sidelined for four months as a result of the right knee injury he picked up in Tuesday's Champions League match against AC Milan, his club said.
 arrow Football: Raul gets squad backing
Real Madrid's players have firmly backed their iconic captain Raul Gonzalez and want him to stay, Spanish sports daily Marca reported on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Road crashes kill 11, injure 50
At least 11 people were killed and 50 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Tangail, Khulna and Netrakona yesterday and on Wednesday.
 arrow 'Form monitoring bodies to check use of formalin in fish'
Fish and vegetable traders yesterday urged the government to form 10 monitoring committees comprising representatives of their association and law enforcers to prevent the use of formalin in fish andsale
 arrow Our democracy lacks tolerance
A four-day-long Loko Utsab O Puratani Mela (folk festival and heritage fair) began in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Newly married woman murdered in city
A newly married housewife was allegedly killed by the family members of her in-laws in the city on Wednesday.
 arrow Many private universities have failed to fulfil preconditions
President Iajuddin Ahmed has lamented that many private universities have failed to fulfil the preconditions of the Private University Act.
 arrow Muggers kill one in city
One person was stabbed to death and three others were stabbed by the muggers in separate incidents in the early hours of yesterday in the city.
 arrow BSMMU building develops cracks
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) authorities evacuated doctors, nurses and employees from a portion of its six-storied building (Block B) yesterday as it has developed cracks in its
 arrow 4 Bangladeshis clear of bird flu
Four Bangladeshi workers who had initially tested positive for bird flu in Kuwait have been cleared of the disease after further tests, the Kuwaiti health minister said yesterday.
 arrow 2nd round of Nat'l Immunisation Day April 8
The second round of the 15th National Immunisation Day (NID) will be observed across the country on April 8 in a bid to eradicate the re-emergence of polio from Bangladesh.
 arrow UNESCAP team visits Benapole port to assess feasibility
A delegation of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) yesterday visited Benapole land port to assess the feasibility of the proposed Asian highway.
 arrow Elderly woman dies of cardiac arrest in Rajshahi
An elderly woman, who was beaten up along with 13 others of her family and neighbours by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Tuesday, died of a cardiac arrest at Ramchandrapur Boubazar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Education fair begins in Chittagong
A three-day education fair began in the port city yesterday with a view to providing students with information about higher studies abroad.
 arrow Bring culprits to book
Parents of Bijli Akhtar Swapna, a schoolgirl who committed suicide because of frequent teasing by local hoodlums at Pallabi in the city, yesterday said the gang has now been threatening them with death
 arrow Fire at Secretariat godown
A fire broke out at the tin-roofed godown of Establishment Ministry inside the Secretariat in the city last night, damaging worn-out furniture.
 arrow Age limit for candidates
Candidates reaching 17 years of their age on January 1, 2008 (probable date for the start of training) may apply to join the 61st BMA long course, according to a decision of the army headquarters.
 arrow Three-day int'l conference on biotechnology begins today
Scientists and experts yesterday said biotechnology is a multidisciplinary science which has potentials to play a vital role in national development.
 arrow 9 establishments fined Tk 20.77 lakh in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday realised about Tk 20.77 lakh from nine commercial establishments as fines, compensations and outstanding water bills after conducting separate drives in the port city.
 arrow Farewell reception to outgoing air chief
Outgoing Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshall Fakhrul Azam was given a farewell reception at the Armed Forces Division in the city yesterday.
 arrow Body to probe RU fake admission
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday formed a six-member committee to investigate fake admission of eight students in social work department.
 arrow Ajker Kagoj celebrates 16th anniversary
The daily Ajker Kagoj celebrated its 16th founding anniversary yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Reception to Yunus Apr 28
Chittagong University Ex-Economics Students Association, Dhaka will accord a reception to Nobel laureate and chief patron of the association Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus on April 28, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Politics-free campus: Good or bad?
Are you someone who has been a powerless "victim" of a highly politicized and, in many ways, decaying public tertiary educational system of our country? I suspect that many of you are -- a victim of a
 arrow I'm sorry, Choles Ritchil
I'm sorry, Choles Ritchil. I didn't believe the evidence of your body. I kept thinking the torture report was a hysterical invention. So much damage to one corpse, it seemed impossible. No, it is impossible.
 arrow The real tax problem
In his op-ed, "Representation without taxation is tyranny" (Daily Star, February 19), Mr. Jens Stanislawski suggests expansion of the tax base -- and this is absolutely a step in the right direction.
Culturearrow Gearing up for Pahela Baishakh


 arrow 'Biponno Bhumijo' screened
Biponno Bhumijo -- a documentary by Mamunur Rashid -- on the repression of the ethnic minorities by the Bengali majority, was screened at the Liberation War Museum on April 4.
 arrow 'Heroes Never Die': Tales of Political Violence in Bangladesh
Saiful Huq Omi, one of the leading young photographers in Bangladesh, through his recent work (series of photos) Heroes Never Die, draws attention to violence that intervenes lives of common people
 arrow 'Hakkanir Dhonpan' and 'Srikrishna Kirtan' staged
On the same evening two plays were staged at the National Theatre Stage.
 arrow Abu Sayeed's latest venture 'Banshi'
Abu Syeed, director of critically acclaimed and award-winning film Nirontor, is working on his latest film Banshi (the flute), according to a press release.
 arrow Rangeen Utshob: 25 Years of Natural Dyes in Bangladesh
The National Crafts Council of Bangladesh (NCCB), together with the following craft organisations, is celebrating 25 years of the revival of natural dyes in Bangladesh with "Rangeen Utshob".
 arrow 'Savlon Birotihin Binodon' on Channel i
For a change Channel i will treat the viewers with uninterrupted entertainment.
 arrow 'American Idol' and TV democracy
There are viewers who complain that there is something un-American about American Idol this season, and they may have a point.
Generalarrow Sundarbans fire: 2 forest officers suspended
Station Officer Golam Mostafa and Assistant Station Officer Abdus Salam of Chandpai range under east wing of Sundarbans Forest Division were suspended yesterday on charges of negligence.
 arrow Fake freedom fighter held in Savar
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a fake freedom fighter and two of his bodyguards in Savar.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Saarc summit
The Delhi summit of Saarc leaders has certainly concluded on a positive note, as the adoption of a 30-point declaration demonstrates.
 arrow Editorial: Indoor politics
Chief Election Commissioner A.T.M.
 arrow Beyond the execution
It may not have been unusual to see the Bangladeshi polity in a near euphoric state following the execution of six dreaded so-called religious extremists last week.
 arrow That other building
The present government is doing a remarkable job, scrapping and demolishing unauthorized constructions -- houses, shops, banks, restaurants, anything and everything that didn't follow approved plans and
Letters to Editorarrow Recognise our national leaders
I am very happy to know that at last the nation is going to recognise our national leaders and also give them due places in history according to their contributions towards the creation of Bangladesh.
 arrow Poor performance in Super Eights
Most of our batsmen threw away their wickets and broke the hearts of millions. It is quite shocking to see the batting average of Ashraful.
 arrow Martyrs of 1971
This is the 36th anniversary of our great liberation war. I was born in 1981, so I did not witness the most crucial times of our history.
 arrow Noise pollution
Like other pollutions in Dhaka city, noise pollution is no less serious. In the busy roads and some important bus-stops noise pollution crosses all limits of tolerance.
 arrow Execution of JMB militants
The six including Abdur Rahman, the head of the banned Islamic group Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, and his deputy Siddiqul Islam, known as Bangla Bhai, and four other associates were executed at different
 arrow India's contribution to our liberation
On the Victory Day this year, let's thank the government, armed forces and people of India for their great support to our war of independence in 1971.
 arrow Country on the right track
In my wildest dream, I never thought that the war criminals of Bangladesh would be put on trial. Well, as of today, they are not. However, the army chief dared to mention this. Our hats off to him.
 arrow Money siphoned off
Corrupt individuals have illegally taken huge amounts of money out of our country.
 arrow Independence Day and Begum Khaleda Zia
I am very upset to know that the government didn't give the permission to Begum Khaleda Zia to go to the National Monument on the occasion of the Independence Day.
 arrow Change election laws
.Graduation as minimum level of education for participation in polls. ĚNo duty free incentives for elected MPs (the root of all corruption by MPs and their cronies).
 arrow Neutrally speaking...
I am not taking anyone's side here, just trying to put my opinion using my brain, instead of being emotional or judgmental.
 arrow Eastern bypass
Thank you for the article on this issue published in your daily on 25 March, 2007.
 arrow Politicians fail
It is sad that our political parties couldn't make a single good move to present a concrete history of post-liberation Bangladesh.
 arrow Give due respect .....
In your article "Give due respect to all our leaders and let the nation move on," you wrote :
"We once again urge the caretaker government to take the crucial steps in uniting the nation by declaring

 arrow Advertisement and ethics
Advertisement, a typical phenomenon of today's production and marketing world, is basically engaged with promoting goods and services to its clients.
 arrow 27th BCS
I am a student from the department of International Relations of the University of Dhaka working in a development agency now.
 arrow Save the rivers
During the last three weeks, I travelled to several rural places in Bangladesh working with "ICT for rural development".
 arrow Marriage and divorce laws
I am a left behind parent who live in Canada. After my marriage broke down my ex-spouse left Canada with our only daughter. Every divorce and separation is difficult and pre-packaged with inconveniences.
 arrow Cross-fire killings
I am writing in response to the UN query and also in response to the Australian academic on the issue of killings by Rab and other law enforcement agencies of Bangladesh.
Environmentarrow Socio-cultural roles and nature-based ecotourism
The forests have become focal points of local, national, regional and global interests -- interests that often compete with each other and are often incompatible.
 arrow Towards a world without waste!
In the past 10 years, Dhaka and cities like Chittagong, Khulna and Rajshahi have transformed into vast terrifyingly crowded urban settlements which seem to rise out of a sea of uncollected garbage.
Worldarrow British sailors, marines land in London
A British navy crew returned home Thursday from Iranian captivity to the relief of a nation, after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced their surprise release and ended the two-week crisis.
 arrow India rules out Kashmir demilitarisation
India's top representative in revolt-hit Kashmir on Thursday ruled out demilitarisation of the Himalayan state, saying the army must remain in the region to protect Indian borders.
 arrow Congress, BJP fight for control of Delhi
The 15 million population of India's capital enjoyed a day off yesterday for municipal elections seen as a trial of strength between the ruling Congress and Hindu nationalists.
 arrow New al-Qaeda leaders emerging in Pakistan
New al-Qaeda leaders appear to be emerging in Pakistan near the Afghan border, casting doubt on the idea of a sustained weakening of the global terrorist network, US experts say.
 arrow Iran gains in standoff over British sailors
Iran emerged with a measure of strength from its standoff with Britain over the captured sailors deflecting attention from its disputed nuclear programme and proving it can cause trouble in the Middle
 arrow Ukrainian PM seeks int'l help to resolve political crisis
Ukraine's Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych yesterday said he had invited international mediators including Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer to help resolve a deepening political crisis in the ex-Soviet
 arrow 7 killed in Lankan violence
Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead four civilians in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday, the defence ministry said, as the military reported killing three guerrillas.
 arrow Three charged over London bombings
Three suspects were charged yesterday in connection with the July 7, 2005 suicide bombings in London, which killed 52 commuters, prosecutors and police said.
 arrow Eight children killed as tractor hits Pakistan school
At least eight children were killed and 14 wounded yesterday when a speeding tractor smashed into a school in a rural Pakistani town, police said.
 
   
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